Some Peruvian hats appear to serve little function. However, they often tell other locals where the hat wearer is from and their family heritage. The red felt hat is called a montera and can be filled with flowers, fruit and other adornments. These are worn by Quechua women throughout the Sacred Valley. When worn at such an angle, it may also tell others she is a widow. Continue reading
The main attraction in Split is Diocletian’s Palace, built in the 4th century by the Romans. Today it is simply part of the old city with fancy shops and many restaurants primarily for tourists. Split had the busiest harbor we have seen since Gibraltar. There was a constant flow of cruise ships, ferries and yachts.
My previous blogs of Barcelona have highlighted the works of innovative Spanish-born architect Antoni Gaudi, the Segrada Familia Basicilia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, as well as the Barcelona concert hall (not Gaudi). Now I’ll simply take you around Barcelona for some of the interesting sites and discoveries.
The Portuguese Island of Funchal is 600 miles from the mainland but is a great introduction to European life when cruising to Europe. Each time we have visited here we enjoyed it so much we contemplated renting an apartment for a while.